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The second-largest Lutheran denomination in the United States was founded in Missouri by German immigrants in 1847. Many of these immigrants had rejected the planned merger of the Lutheran and Reformed churches in Prussia.

Using data from the 1980-2010 Religious Congregations and Membership Studies, this list ranks U.S. states on the highest total number of adherents and the highest percent of the population in the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. You can sort the list by clicking on the column headings.

Congregational "Adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. "Percent" is the percentage of the total population that belongs to that denomination. Note: Adherents are sometimes residents of a county different than the location of their congregation.

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Complete List

Ranking State   [Download CSV]AdherentsPercent
32 Alabama
11,488
0.26
19 Alaska
4,128
0.66
22 Arizona
24,977
0.49
20 Arkansas
14,088
0.53
26 California
130,336
0.38
14 Colorado
47,283
1.1
25 Connecticut
13,317
0.39
30 Delaware
2,281
0.29
37 District Of Columbia
739
0.13
23 Florida
71,970
0.45
38 Georgia
9,887
0.12
36 Hawaii
1,775
0.15
15 Idaho
13,289
1.03
11 Illinois
278,008
2.24
12 Indiana
111,522
1.83
5 Iowa
120,075
4.1
9 Kansas
62,712
2.33
35 Kentucky
6,499
0.16
27 Louisiana
14,791
0.33
42 Maine
435
0.03
21 Maryland
27,544
0.52
38 Massachusetts
7,456
0.12
8 Michigan
244,231
2.46
4 Minnesota
203,863
4.14
38 Mississippi
3,372
0.12
7 Missouri
140,315
2.51
13 Montana
15,441
1.71
1 Nebraska
117,419
6.86
26 Nevada
7,654
0.38
35 New Hampshire
2,015
0.16
31 New Jersey
22,319
0.27
28 New Mexico
5,584
0.31
24 New York
81,705
0.43
32 North Carolina
20,651
0.26
6 North Dakota
23,720
3.69
16 Ohio
79,976
0.7
16 Oklahoma
24,199
0.7
19 Oregon
22,429
0.66
34 Pennsylvania
21,015
0.17
40 Rhode Island
1,017
0.1
41 South Carolina
3,440
0.09
3 South Dakota
31,524
4.18
29 Tennessee
16,883
0.3
18 Texas
140,106
0.67
33 Utah
4,562
0.2
39 Vermont
650
0.11
32 Virginia
18,751
0.26
17 Washington
40,618
0.69
42 West Virginia
584
0.03
2 Wisconsin
241,306
4.5
10 Wyoming
11,113
2.25


* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]